If someone you know is talking about suicide it’s important to seek help for that person immediately. The Canadian Mental Health Association has resources available for family and friends to understand suicide and how to get help.
Have you heard of the SAGE collection? Sage is a community-driven space for service HIV and HCV providers in Canada to share and archive their educational resources. It’s also a site to connect with peers in the field of HIV, HCV, and harm reduction. To find out more click HERE
OHRDP distributes a sterile cotton pellet filter in a blister pack of five. These cotton filters: meet best practice recommendations, have a pore width of 0.22µm (so they hold less of the drug), are sterile, and save staff and volunteers time because they no longer need to package filters in baggies like they did with the old filters. Service users may be familiar with this new product because they are the same filter that comes in the Stericup cooker. However, for service users who may be new to this product, OHRDP created this step-by-step guide on how to use the new filter product.
This summer there were concerns around the number of overdose incidents at music festivals across Canada. Therefore, the Canadian Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (CCENDU) created this bulletin to brief audiences about these events and provide an opportunity for organization across disciplines to collaborate and help prevent further overdose events among festival attendees.
The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health is focusing its efforts on a population mental health strategy because ‘there can be no health without mental health’. Various resources have been developed for this project including: a presentation on defining a population mental health framework for public health, a scan of mental health strategies across Canada, and currently there is a survey for public health practitioners’ to complete to assess resources needed in this area of health.
We are hearing more and more about unregulated novel psychoactive substances (NPS) which are often referred to as “legal high” and “designer drugs”. Many times these substances are bought and sold through online vendors, but did you know there are online forums where people can gather and share information about the NPS they are using? In a recently published qualitative study, researchers analyzed these online forums and identified the following themes: 1) uncovering the substance facts, 2) dosage and administration, 3) subjective experience, and 4) support and safety. The research team concluded that people who use NPS access these online forums to support each other and keep one another safe. If you’re interested in reading the full study check it out here.
Contaminants. Adulterants. Diluents. We often use these words to describe some of the dangers associated with street drugs, but do you know what these terms mean and how they differ? Did you know that there are some commonly known substances added to street drugs and their effects are well studied? To learn more, check out this free resource:
Death from drug-related overdose is a leading cause of accidental death in Ontario. We can help reduce the number of overdoses in the province by understanding the risk factors that may lead to overdose and knowing some prevention tips. With Overdose Awareness Day around the corner on August 31st, OHRDP’s is launching a new Overdose Prevention and Risk Factor Booklet to help reduce overdose in Ontario. If you work with a core NSP and would like to receive hard copies of this resource please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CATIE has developed a pocket-size booklet for people living with HCV or HIV who inject drugs. This booklet has tips and resources to keep individuals, and others around them, as healthy as possible. The booklet includes information on: how HCV and HIV can be passed to others, taking your medication, taking care when injecting drugs, and much more! To order this resource for clients of your needle syringe program check out the CATIE website HERE.